What is Washi Tape?
Washi is a style of paper from Japan that’s usually made using fibres from either the bark of the Gampi Tree or the Mitsumata Shrub. This paper can also be made using bamboo, hemp rice or wheat. The word washi comes from the Japanese word “wa” which means Japanese and the word “shi” which means paper. This word is used to describe traditionally made paper. When washi paper is combined with acrylic glue it makes something similar to masking tape. This tape can be removed from most surfaces and comes in a wide variety of delightful patterns.
Washi tape was invented in 2006 when a group of female artists contacted a Japanese masking tape manufacturer called Kamoi Kakoshi. They were interested in meeting the company and visiting their factory. During their visit with Kamoi Kakoshi these artists presented the company with a book of art they had created using the industrial masking tapes Kamoi Kakoshi produced. The artists then requested that their masking tape be produced in different colours. Kamoi Kakoshi had never thought of using their products for artistic purposes and they were quite impressed with the idea. They started development of coloured versions of their tape and released 20 different colours in 2008. This product was known as mt, short for masking tape and these 20 different tapes gave birth to the huge array of different colours and patterns we see today.
You can use this tape in a wide array of different arts and craft projects. You can tape it to anything and use in for cards, scrapbooking, party decorations, gifts, furniture decorations and pretty much any do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. You don’t just have to stick it to things either, you can cut it, twist it, write on it, stamp it and more. You can create a bunch of very interesting 3D shapes and objects by using this Japanese masking tape. We hope you learn to enjoy it as much as we do!